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As a student at the University of Cambridge, Charles Darwin presided over the Glutton Club, a club searching for and eating “strange flesh”. A few of the animals on the menu of this club were hawk, bittern, brown owl,... So, it was no surprise when Darwin was in for experimenting with strange animals as food during his trip on the Beagle. He described the armadillo as tasting like duck.
In April 1953 Francis Crick and James Watson announced the identification of the structure of DNA. It was a momentous discovery. The structure also immediately indicated the mechanism by which the information is copied in cells. The breakthrough was the culmination of a race between Crick and Watson at Cambridge University, Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin at King’s College, London, and the distinguished Nobel laureate Linus Pauling (shown here, briefly) at the California Institute of Technology. Crick, Watson, and Wilkins received the Nobel Prize in 1962. Others too, though, played a part in the story. Crick and Watson’s brilliant deductions were in part based on the fine X-ray diffraction image obtained by Rosalind Franklin, and the ratios of the four bases observed by Erwin Chargaff from Columbia University. This film shows portions of the Nobel ceremony and captures, through the words of Francis Crick, something of the sheer excitement and significance of the discovery.
Linked themes: Science
Did you know that Charles Darwin had to study theology at Cambridge University. But he followed classes on botany. He was known as a great collector of what he found during his walks in the countryside. There is the following funny story. His pockets and hands had been so full of plants and insects that he couldn’t hold anything anymore. However, he found a beetle he wanted to take with him. So he put it in his mouth. But the beast squirted a portion of acid in the mouth and Darwin had to offer him his freedom.
A big part of the life of the scientist Stephen Hawking takes place here at the Univerisyt of Cambridge. The brilliant movie “The Theory of Everything” presents his life and achievements.
The University of Cambridge Computing Service provides computing facilities across the University of Cambridge. It was located primarily on the New Museums Site, Free School Lane, in the centre of Cambridge, England but, in September 2013 moved to the Roger Needham Building on the West Cambridge site.
Did you know there is also a DNA path in Cambridge.